QUEENSLAND Police have warned they will be cracking down even further on those trying to get over the border when the new vaccination rules come into effect.
From 1am on Saturday, essential workers who have been granted an exemption will have to prove they have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 jab in order to cross into Queensland.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said officers at the border would be scrutinising people thoroughly.
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“We are going to take a very rigid approach with respect to that,” he told reporters on Friday.
“What I mean by that is that our officers always have the discretion around whether enforcement action is appropriate or not.
“But anyone that comes to our borders who does not have the appropriate pass and cannot verify as requested by police will not get through
“It won’t be simply good enough to be near enough.”
He admitted the new measures would cause frustration.
“I’m sorry to say we’re not going to go away from that posture, it’s going to be quite strict,” he added.
“I know that what happens every time that we have changed border restrictions it gets quite difficult for a period until people understand it.
“Let’s try and get this right up front.”
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said having the second dose would also become a requirement in the near future.
“I’ll be very very clear, once we’ve had three weeks I’ll then be asking could Queensland please mandate the second dose,” Dr Young said.
8425 cars were intercepted at the Qld/NSW border on Thursday.
225 vehicles were turned around, which is a reduction from recent days.
One person was fined for repeatedly trying to get through despite being denied entry by police.